At the IBC Show, Roland Systems Group, based in Bellingham, Wash., is announcing the Roland R-26 Portable Field Recorder, a compact unit that provides up to six simultaneous channels of pro-quality audio recording to SD/SDHC media. The R-26 is designed for applications such as location sound design, event production, legal court recording, event videography, and musical performances.
Both omnidirectional and XY stereo mic types are integrated into the R-26’s chassis, providing mic options to suit any style of audio recording. In addition, there are two XLR/TRS combo inputs with phantom power for connecting high quality external mics or line-level devices, plus a stereo mini-jack for a plug-in powered mic. The R-26 is equipped with Roland’s proprietary IARC (Isolated Adaptive Recording Circuit) on the inputs for the built-in mics and as well as the external inputs. The company states that this analog circuit is completely isolated from the digital circuitry and has its own power supply, for reducing digital noise and achieving very clear sound.
The growing popularity of film and event production using HDSLR cameras makes the R-26 a clear choice for video professionals wanting high quality audio capture. Its compact design, power options and optional accessories allow you to record anywhere.
Audio from the onboard mics can be mixed internally in the R-26 and captured to a single stereo file. The onboard mics and external inputs can be recorded as three separate stereo files (six channels total) for mixing together later. Resolutions from MP3 up to 24-bit/96 kHz are supported, and available file types include WAV and BWF. The unit can also record both WAV/BWF and MP3 formats simultaneously, which is ideal for being able to post or email material quickly while still having a high-res version to edit later. Built-in onboard effects (such as a limiter, low-cut filter) help reduce distortion and noise while recording. The R-26 also includes a pre-record function.
Package components include an SD Card, windscreen, Cakewalk SONAR LE (for Windows), USB cable and AC power adaptor.
Roland Systems Group states that the Roland R-26 will be available in October 2011.